Ways from mobile killing honey bees
No doubt modern technology has made life of human beings more comfortable. Mobile phones have made every thing accessible anywhere with just a call. But electromagnetic waves emitted by these mobile phones have become a threat to existence of honey bees.
Recent study showed that increase in the number of mobile towers placed by different companies to improve connectivity is the reason behind fall in beehive population in different parts of Kerala. Livelihood of over 100,000 people engaged in apiculture depends on the worker bee population.
The experiment conducted by Dr. Sainuddin Pattazhy revealed that due to electromagnetic radiation from mobile towers and cell phones worker bees are not able to return to their beehive.
During the experiment a cell phone was placed near a beehive. Worker bees failed to return to the bee hive, which left only with queens, eggs and hive-bound immature bees collapsed within ten days.
Environmentalist and Reader in Zoology, Dr Sainudeen Pattazhy said that the electromagnetic waves emitted by the towers crippled the "navigational skills" of the worker bees that go out to collect nectar from flowers to sustain bee colonies.
He added that if towers and mobile phones further increase, honey bees might be wiped out in 10 years.